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Grateful Dead Live at Boston Music Hall on 1971-04-07




Me & My Uncle, Next Time You See Me, Casey Jones, Playin' In The Band, Loser, Me And Bobby McGee, Hard To Handle, Sugar Magnolia China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Saint Stephen-> Drums-> Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away-> Johnny B. Goode


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Boston Music Hall
Location Boston, MA

Source Soundboard (BB)
Transferred by Leigh Orf

Notes

Betty Board, details as outlined in Compendium; via Leigh Orf; corrupt d2t7 replaced 3/17; note Phil low/absent in mix

Note from Leigh Orf: This show is of excellent sound quality; however Phil is almost completely absent from the mix :( Thanks Adam for this great show!

Reviews

Reviewer: clementinescaboose - - March 3, 2015
Subject: Ouch! Is right
Overall this show isn't nearly as good as the following night in Boston, but what really hurts is that it is incomplete - the jam after 'drums' is flat-out awesome, but the tape runs out just as the band is really heating up!

A shame, because this would be closer to a four than a three if that dynamite segment were intact.
Reviewer: chris phillips - - November 3, 2013
Subject: decent
Hard To Handle and St. Stephen are recommended.
Reviewer: polkamatic123 - - April 8, 2013
Subject: Wholey Smokes!
This sounds so sweet I will complain about every other live album I hear from this day forth.
Blazing performance, the high end of a lofty year...stunning quality on this tape.
Thanks, Betty!
Reviewer: Tidewater four ten O nine - - August 23, 2012
Subject: Dig a bit ............
Not a review (I gave it 4 stars to maintain existing rating), just a response to previous reviewer.

Check other copies. Read the reviews and the comments. One mentions that Jerry advises that they have to keep it short because of a venue curfew.

These things are often mentioned in Dead Lists. Not this time but, if you dig a bit, you can often find the answer.

Also, check your timings, I make it a bit longer, not a lot but more than you say.
Reviewer: spyguy29 - - August 23, 2012
Subject: Good show, but...
Does anyone know why this was such a short show. It's only 1hr15min total, and no notation as to why such a short outing.
Reviewer: Sardot - - April 19, 2009
Subject: One of my favorites PLEASE HELP ME GET IT TO MY IPOD
I have always loved this show, ever since I got a tape of it in the early eighties.
I JUST WANT TO HAVE IT TO TRAVEL - PLEASE DIRECT ME TO SOFTWARE ETC. TO GET IT ON DISC OR ON MY IPOD - PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE
Reviewer: lanzarishi - - March 9, 2008
Subject: dr. flashback
After downloading so many shows and not knowing which reviews to trust (everyone has a different perspective), my new criteria is this - if I see a show reviewed by Dr. Flashback, I download it. Plain and simple. Thank u Dr F!!!You have made it simple for me.
Reviewer: plutoniumpod - - April 29, 2005
Subject: Mad Eyed Brilliance
After getting this show and a bunch of other shows from this month, I'm starting to think that April 1971 is on par with May 1977.
Reviewer: dr. flashback - - January 15, 2005
Subject: Don't Miss This!
The Dead always seemed to be inspired when they played Boston Music Hall. Listen to 9/15-9/16 1972, or 11/30-12/2 1973 (Dick's Picks 14) and you'll see what I mean.
Now if you want psychedelic grooves, go get the next night with Dark Star. But this first night is a rocker from start to finish. The Second Set is basically one long boogie, with a hot China>Rider to kick it off. And it's interesting that someone else compared this St. Stephen>NFA to the famous Ithaca 1977 version. I had always thought the same thing myself. It's that good, with a fast Cumberland-style jam leading into NFA as a bonus!
Oh, and don't forget the hot version of HT Handle too.
A great show to have on a road trip, it'll get you there.
enjoy,
Dr. Flashback ;-)
Reviewer: dr. flashback - - January 15, 2005
Subject: Don't Miss This!
The Dead always seemed to be inspired when they played Boston Music Hall. Listen to 9/15-9/16 1972, or 11/30-12/2 1973 (Dick's Picks 14) and you'll see what I mean.
Now if you want psychedelic grooves, go get the next night with Dark Star. But this first night is a rocker from start to finish. The Second Set is basically one long boogie, with a hot China>Rider to kick it off. And it's interesting that someone else compared this St. Stephen>NFA to the famous Ithaca 1977 version. I had always thought the same thing myself. It's that good, with a fast Cumberland-style jam leading into NFA as a bonus!
Oh, and don't forget the hot version of HT Handle too.
A great show to have on a road trip, it'll get you there.
enjoy,
Dr. Flashback ;-)
Reviewer: Mr.Charlie - - November 13, 2004
Subject: Ouch!
After the excellent St. Stephen>Drums Jerry breaks from Not Fade Away into a great Jam........Ouch.!!!!...this show gets my vote for the nastiest cut ever award.
What a tease.
Also I don't think this show started with Me and My Uncle because someone was changing a string.
Reviewer: agman - - October 12, 2004
Subject: I love Betty
Phils bass in Staint Stehpen rumbled the plant off the mantle. My new favorite , my wifes least !!!! Rippen !!!!!!!!
Reviewer: brendanmcauley - - September 2, 2004
Subject: Betty recording.
This show rocks. The St. stephen is rare even for as early as 1971. In fact the show is soo hot that I think it rivals some other legendary milestones...this is the 'cornell' of the early days. I didn't realize my cd player was even on then heard the plug in of Garcias guitar and the gentle tune up sounds and pedals. The china>rider>stephen is a dream ride!

St. Stephen was not played after 10-31-71 until 6-9-76. It may be hard to believe but after this show the dead only played Stephen 10 times in 71 and 4 were during this April run. So it was rare indeed (deadbase)

In fact after this show the dead only plpayed St. Stephen 57 more times- over a period of well over 1000 shows and only 10 more times after this show until being played again in 76. This was the 2nd stephen of 1971 and after the 3 other stephens of april it was not played until 3 nights in august followed by three in october- so it was very rare at this time, giving this particular 'no name' show with no previous write-up a very special meaning- and on top of it all its a Betty Cantor!
Thanks so much for uploading this gem my bother!!!or sister! I always reserve 5 stars for shows which I was at and sound killer but this gets the first 5 I have ever granted any show on this board.

I am an impossible dead lover and critic and trust me you will love this tape!
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